"All That Heaven Will Allow"
Tunnel of Love, 1987
Like so many of the great songs on Tunnel of Love, "All That Heaven Will Allow" lays bare the hope and fear of a man in love. Springsteen sings about steps in a couple's life together – a date in a nightclub, sharing a house, the dread of dying too young. He even tries to talk his way past a nightclub bouncer ("Come on, Slim, slip me in, man"). The song became a centerpiece of the 1988 tour, with a long introduction co-starring Clemons and set on a park bench.